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Poitou-Charentes I Gites in France

Gites in France - Poitou-Charentes

The Poitou-Charentes region extends from the estuary Gironde to the city of La Rochelle, a short distance along the Atlantic Ocean and fills an area of ​​25.8 thousand square kilometres. Discover French villas in Poitou-Charentes, and explore this very beautiful and strongly agricultural region. Poitou-Charentes in France includes fascinating historical monuments, castles, stunningly sandy beaches and islands in the Atlantic as well as lovely landscapes in the hinterland. Also wonderful for a family holiday is Futuroscope – one of France’s largest leisure parks just on the outskirts of Poitiers.

Rich historical heritage on the doorstep of your French villas

In 1789, this region in the west of France belonged to five historical provinces, which are reflected in the emblem of the region. Rent French holiday cottages here and visit the ancient castles in these historical regions. Since 1960, the department of Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne are among those ruled by Ségolène Royal Administrative Region. From our dog friendly cottages, you can organise trips from beach holidays and bicycle tours to tastings of world famous cognacs – anything is possible when you discover the varied provinces of Poitou-Charentes.

Culture in Poitou-Charentes

Of course, French holidays are known for their cultural gems, and the French region of Poitou-Charentes is no exception. Despite the seaside providing an immense draw for tourists, heritage and tradition seriously stand out on the agenda of things to do. Marvel at 17th century military architecture in Rochefort, the UNESCO World Heritage crypt at Saint-Eutrope church in Saintes, or the comic strip museums in Angoulême. Art enthusiasts can go gallery-hopping whilst the French cuisine really shines through when you are staying in Cognac. Enjoy a plate of fresh mussels or spiced ham and cheese served with local wine amidst a backdrop of beautiful rural scenery near your French country cottages.

Things to do whilst self-catering France – Atlantic coast

The region's capital is the city of Poitiers. A visit to one of the numerous Romanesque churches is a must when staying at French holiday cottages in Poitou-Charentes! From Poitiers, it is possible to reach the sunny Atlantic coast, the Côte de Lumière, the ‘Coast of Light’ via the scenic countryside of Vendée on family holidays. The climate in Poitou-Charentes is very mild and gives the Atlantic coast some Mediterranean flair. Book a French chateau or villa in Poitou-Charentes and you, too could enjoy these strikingly beautiful beaches!

Self-catering in France – Fascinating cities

For the region of Poitou-Charentes, its composition includes cities with big names such as La Rochelle, Royan, Saintes and Cognac. Today Poitou-Charentes is a Socialist-ruled, industrious and peaceful region, whereas the traces of history tell a different story, leaving several historical attractions to see. Famously, Vendée was the starting point of anuprising of the rural population against the revolutionary government after the execution of the king in 1793 and due to the recruitment of their young men. Visit these fascinating places and the monuments that mark these historical events when you rent a French villa or chateau in Poitou-Charentes.

Rent a French villa in Poitiers

Be sure to visit the beautiful town of Poitiers on your self-catering holidays in France. A lively mixture of exciting ancient architecture and a student population, mean there is a great selection of staying in Cognac. Delve into the past when you discover cobbled streets and Romanesque architecture, or propel yourself into the future at Futuroscope. Stop at any of the many and varied restaurants, bistros and boutiques to try the best dishes in Poitou-Charentes such as snails, Marennes-Oléron oysters or (for the more faint-hearted) delicious game dishes, fresh vegetables and regional cheese.

Visit La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a wonderful location to visit whilst you rent French holiday lettings in this part of the country. With plenty of museums, attractions, monuments and seaside relaxation to be enjoyed, you and your family will be enamoured by the variety of things to do and the ambient atmosphere. For families staying in La Rochelle, we recommend the state of the art Aquarium, where there are 12,000 marine animals. If you would prefer to see nature in the wild, take the drive south of La Rochelle and see the Réserve Naturelle Marais d'Yves, where you can spot migratory birds moving across the wetlands.

Service – Why NOVASOL?

We provide exceptional service, high quality holiday homes in France, and deliver on what we promise. In your own holiday let you will have the unique chance to get close to the everyday life of the French by living next-door to them. A holiday let also gives you and your family the freedom to enjoy your French self-catering holiday at your own pace. Each region in France has its own charm, and every village has something to offer. The land oozes philosophy, art, and le bien vivre. Whether you are interested in a culture tour holiday, an active adventure holiday, or just relaxing in the sun, France has it all and will give you lots of wonderful experiences and memories.